The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
South Africa’s vaccination drive began on Wednesday, 17 February 2021, at the Khayelitsha Hospital, with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and various frontline healthcare workers among the first to receive the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Professor Linda-Gail Bekker and Professor Graeme Meintjes of the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) in the Faculty of Health Sciences were present for the auspicious occasion.
Health officials in South Africa are in a race against time to roll out Phase 1 of government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan in a bid to curtail further devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Ed Rybicki unpacks the need-to-knows about COVID-19 vaccination.
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are expected to start the Phase 1 clinical trial of the hAd5 T-cell COVID-19 vaccine candidate this month at the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa’s (CIDRI-Africa) Khayelitsha clinical research site. This comes after recently receiving approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority. The vaccine is being developed by ImmunityBio and manufactured by NantKwest.
The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing COVID-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity, has raised questions about the nature and rates of mutations in viruses. The answers to these questions will potentially guide public health decisions. However, it is also important for individuals to understand them so as to prevent potential panic.